Anyone can make their own blog, but if you want it to have some staying power, you have to do a little more research about how to set one up effectively. Whether you have something to say about being a single parent, or you want to share your passion for running, a blog is a great way to project your thoughts with others. Besides, it’s also a potential new revenue stream, which could be turned into your main source of income should you dedicate the necessary time and effort. But how to go pro on blogging would be a new blog post.
The first thing to get started on blogging is to create your website. Here’s how to go about it properly…
Choosing Your Blogging Platform
Blogger, Tumblr, or WordPress?
When it comes to choosing a blogging platform, there really is no competition against WordPress. However, the Blogger community is still going strong and has a popular following (especially in the beauty and fashion areas). Just be aware that you will may be restricted in what you can do or achieve with your blog on Blogger. If you would like to ultimately make money off your posts, you will probably have to move across to WordPress, thereby losing you traffic and readers. It’s best to choose right the first time and go with the safe bet.
Hosting and Getting the Royalties
In order for the blog to be yours by rights, you will have to download the WordPress.org software and host your blog. No, that doesn’t mean the free, normal WordPress fare, but going through a company that charges you to host your blog each year with them. You can get package deals for this, but to make sure that you choose the right one, it’s often best just to call up the company and sort it out over the phone. You will probably end up paying around £50 a year for this, but you can potentially make money off the back of your blog now. If you only have a tight budget, there are still plenty of companies like Bluehost which provide cheaper web hosting service.
Next, you will have to choose your domain name. This is simple to do, and you should go with a .com or .co.uk package. Just make sure that you’re happy with the domain name before you commit to it. You’ll be stuck with it for quite some time.
Next, you will want to choose your theme. It all depends on the purpose and the target readers of your blog. If you are running a fashion blog, choose a fancy theme with attractive infographics. Be aware of the colour and the font size as it often annoys people to read the content. Try to remove unnecessary plugins and keep you blog as simple as you can – you would definitely lose some traffic if it takes ages to load the site.
When it comes to posting your first articles, be sure to read up on SEO a little. You want to rank highly in Google, so people stumble on to your blog more frequently. Sometimes it’s as easy as keeping your blog updated regularly with lengthy articles.
Once you have your blog, check out this guide on how to monetize it. Hope this helps.